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  Kerry Gets Key Endorsements (Clyburn, Vilsack) in S.C., Iowa
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News DateWednesday, January 28, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionMANCHESTER, N.H. - South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn and Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack intend to endorse John Kerry (news - web sites), officials said Wednesday, a coup for the Democratic presidential front-runner the day after his win in New Hampshire.

The backing of the six-term Democratic congressman, the dominant black politician in his state, is critical in South Carolina, where almost half the voters in the Feb. 3 primary are expected to be minorities. Clyburn was courted by all of the Democratic presidential candidates.
The decision to side with Kerry was a particular blow to Sen. John Edwards (news - web sites), who has said South Carolina is a must-win state for him and whose campaign recently hired a former top aide to Clyburn who also had been working for Dick Gephardt (news - web sites). Clyburn had endorsed the Missouri congressman, who dropped out of the race after finishing fourth in the Iowa caucuses on Jan 19.
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